• May 15, 2019

6 Injured in El Paso, TX, 18-wheeler Accident at I-10 & Montecillo

El Paso, TX -- May 14, 2019, at least 6 people were injured after an accident where an 18-wheeler and multiple vehicles collided on I-10.

Investigators with the El Paso Police Department responded to the crash scene at around 4:20 p.m. It happened along the eastbound lanes of I-10 in the area of Montecillo.

The exact circumstances leading up to the crash are unclear at this time. Photos from the scene show multiple vehicles in traffic piled up into one another with an 18-wheeler at the back of the line.

6 people had to be transported to area hospitals, though it appears everyone is in stable condition. Police did not report any charges or citations following the wreck.

Additional details are currently unavailable.

Commentary

Watching some of the news footage of this crash, it seems possible that the 18-wheeler, being the rear-most vehicle in the pile-up, may have plowed into slowed or stopped traffic. That's usually the scenario when looking at a crash scene like this. That said, there are details which need to be clarified. It's possible the 18-wheeler was caught up in a chain-reaction of multiple vehicles crashing into one another. After all, there are times when people slam on their brakes, and there's not much a truck driver can do to avoid a collision.

However, it appears that most of the vehicles involved have significant front and back end damage, especially the pickup that was pushed entirely into the trailer in front of it. This suggests that the vehicles were pushed very hard from behind. This leads me to believe that the 18-wheeler was either traveling at a far higher speed than the rest of traffic or braked significantly later than everyone else. If that turns out to be the case, the trucking company could bear responsibility for the injuries resulting from this crash.

As I said, that all depends on details that aren't available yet. Given what I'm seeing, it's important that experienced investigators look into this as soon as possible to ensure no important details slip through the cracks.

--Grossman Law Offices

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